Rating: 2 stars
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Interesting, I like the broken mirror and the creepy feel of it all.)
Genre: Young Adult
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 149 p.
Leia is an orphan, and her brother beats on her almost daily. She lives with her aunt, who simply tells her that siblings fight. Leia wants to escape, needs to find someplace better. That's how she's ends up at the zoo. It's her own sanctuary and she never wants to have to leave it. She can't stay in the zoo forever though, and she must face her fears so that she may move on.
This book sounded amazing and super edgy. What I was left with was fragments of a story, pieces missing and there was a lot of guess work involved. In some stories, leaving things to the imagination works. In this story though, it does not. It either happened or it didn't. There are too many things that are never laid out and didn't make the story better, but rather took away from it. I did like the zoo. It was great that she could find this place with the elephants that made her feel better. But we never knew why she was so messed up. She just seemed like she was completely crazy. She remembered a stranger from a dream about the zoo. Then she goes to the zoo to escape it. That doesn't make a whole lot of sense. If I had a dream about some creep and in the dream he cornered me at the zoo near the elephants, I am not going to go straight there to hide from him. That is simply ridiculous. The violence with her brother never seemed that bad. Leia barely ever used self-injury to feel better. There was just a lot in this story that were unfinished and misplaced. I won't rule out reading another Rune Michaels, but I'll be weary. Luckily this was a very short read, so I didn't have to trudge through too many pages to get to the unsatisfying end.
"The wood is splintered around the lock, where he wedges a knife to force it open."
"And I feel the wall of air between us, compressed air teeming with poison."